It has been a tremendous week for WinSport’s Academy and club athletes, highlighted by a strong weekend at the provincial snowboarding championships, held at Canada Olympic Park.
WinSport athletes dominated in the slopestyle event on Sunday, with Carter Thibault and Carter Jarvis taking the top two spots on the men’s podium, while Jack Collins (fifth), Liam Lafrance (seventh) and Josh Reeves (10th) also cracked the top-10. Sam Tuff and Adriane Cairns were second and third, respectively, in the women’s slopestyle event.
Jarvis, by the way, was named the CTV Athlete of the Week.
In the halfpipe on Saturday, Cairns took second place, while Tuff rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Collins was the only WinSport athlete to hit the podium on the men’s side, as he finished third. Callum Michie was 10th.
“Most importantly is that the athletes really executed the plans well, so that’s what we wanted — the performance on demand,” said A-Team snowboard coach Mike Stastook. “Carter Thibault and Carter Jarvis both had been riding strong all week, so it was nice to see that hard work pay off with a good result.”
Meanwhile, at the North Face Park and Pipe Open Series at Whistler Blackcomb on Wednesday, two WinSport Academy freeski slopestyle A team members cracked the top-five, with Nikki Blackall finishing second in the women’s final, while Emma Whitman was fourth. On the men’s side, Reid McEachran and Sam Ruttiman qualified for the final, with McEachran hauling in an 11th-place finish and Ruttiman finishing 14th overall.
Several members of the freeski halfpipe A team were at Breckenridge, Colo., last weekend for a World Cup event, with Cassie Sharpe leading the way with an 18th-place finish in the women’s halfpipe. Megan Warrener was 28th. The top Academy skier on the men’s side was Brendan MacKay, who was 39th.